The companies can bid to provide non-medical services to PCTs under the Framework for Procuring External Support for Commissioners (FESC).
Services such as data analysis and contract management expertise will be available, but the companies will not deal directly with patient care.
Health minister Ivan Lewis said: ‘It will be up to PCTs to decide if they want to use suppliers within the framework and if they choose to do so, PCTs will remain fully responsible and accountable for managing the services provided.’
BMA chairman Dr Hamish Meldrum said the framework could help PCTs in the short term by providing expertise they might be lacking, but a cautious approach is needed to identify any negative impact on the provision of local healthcare.
The companies are: Aetna Health Services (UK) Limited, AXA PPP Healthcare Administration Services Limited, BUPA Membership Commissioning Limited, CHKS Ltd, trading as Partners In Commissioning, Dr Foster Limited, trading as Dr Foster Intelligence, Health Dialog Services Corporation, Humana Europe, Ltd, KPMG LLP, McKesson Information Solutions UK Limited, McKinsey & Company, Inc. United Kingdom, Navigant Consulting, Tribal Consulting Limited,
UnitedHealth Europe Limited,WG Consulting Healthcare Limited, Trading As WG Consulting.
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